Equalities

Part of Unison’s approach to achieving equality is the organisation of groups of members who may themselves face prejudice and discrimination.

UNISON has four self-organised groups – for women members, Black members, disabled members and LGBT+ members.

Each of the four self-organised groups has an annual national conference. These provide a forum where members can debate issues and set priorities for the coming year.

They have an invaluable role in identifying key equality issues for the attention of the wider union.

Get in touch with the Branch office if you are interested in attending as a fully funded branch delegate.

Let’s get ready for 2024: The year of LGBT+ workers!

Inspired very much by the year of disabled workers in 2022 and the year of Black workers in 2023, UNISON’S National Delegate Conference voted to make 2024 the year of LGBT+ Workers. UNISON has for many years worked hard to raise the profile of the achievements of our LGBT+ workers through the union and in our workplaces. We have many things to be proud of including the repeal of section 28, equalisation of the age of consent, and the introduction of civil partnerships and marriage for LGBT+ people. But we are also aware that there is a long way to go to achieve true equality. We know that people still struggle to come out in their workplaces and beyond even now and that some have an agenda to systematically remove LGBT+ rights. This coming year will provide the opportunity to promote UNISON as the union for LGBT+ workers, raise awareness of LGBT+ rights throughout the union, challenge discrimination in the workplace and society, and recruit and grow the LGBT+ activists of the future.